Rumania: Want amid Plenty

Rumanians were once among Europe's most irreverent and uninhibited people. Before World War II, their interest in sex and diverse erotica was legendary. But since the Communists took over, they have imposed so strait-laced a morality that only recently was kissing permitted in Rumanian motion pictures.

Such contrast is typical of Rumania, reports TIME Correspondent James Bell after a visit to Russia's most contradictory satellite. Rising from a low base, Rumania's industrial growth is the highest in Europe (16%), but its people are among the lowest paid ($135 per year). Foreign businessmen fighting for fat government contracts find that waiters in...

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